UN Missions

Human Rights Officer

UN Missions

Job Description

This position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Kandahar. The Human Rights Officer will report to the Human Rights Team Leader in the UNAMA Southern Regional Office – Kandahar.


Under the general supervision of the Chief of the Human Rights Service and the direct supervision of the Human Rights Team Leader, within delegated authority, the Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Facilitate the implementation of the human rights mandate in the designated area of responsibility by providing substantive guidance and operational monitoring support to Team members on issues related to protection of civilians, promotion of women’s rights and elimination of violence against women, monitoring places of detention/prohibition of torture and human rights aspects of peace and reconciliation/transitional justice. •Organise visits to places of detention, including facilities run by the National Directorate of Security, Afghan National Police, juvenile rehabilitation centres, and provincial prisons. •Provide substantive advice and organisational leadership in the planning and Coordination of human rights activities and consultations with local governmental officials, community leaders, civil society activists, communities affected by civilian casualty incidents in the designated area of assignment. •Under the direction of the Team Leader or the Human Rights Service headquarters, draft substantive Analysis based on field research of human rights issues/events and assesses their impact on the human rights situation in assigned region. •Participate in the HRS Team and UNAMA Field Office planning exercises to elaborate the work plan for the assigned area, ensuring that human rights issues, including their gender equality dimensions, are integrated into the Mission and UNCT’s work, and ensure closer internal coordination between the Human Rights Team, the Head of Office and other units of UNAMA through increased information-sharing, as well as provide guidance and expert advice to relevant colleagues on the work of the Human Rights Service. •Represent the UNAMA Human Rights Service, as appropriate, at specific official functions, meeting and thematic events related to the mandate, including protection of civilians, promotion of women’s rights and elimination of violence against women, detention-related issues and human rights aspects of peace processes with other UN agencies, civil society groups, humanitarian organizations, government officials, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, Afghan National Security Forces and the Resolute Support Mission Forces (RS). •Plans and implements human rights advocacy, capacity-building and awareness-raising initiatives for diverse stakeholders, including on emblematic cases of human rights violations. •Writes a variety of reports, communications, briefings, statements, etc., including to policymaking bodies. •Performs other duties as required. Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Good knowledge of and exposure to a range of human rights issues, to include approaches and techniques to address sensitive problems. Good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to human rights. Ability to identify problems, i.e., political, ethnic, racial, gender, social, economic, etc., causing civil unrest in a country or geographic area; Good analytical and research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources and assess impact on the human rights situation in assigned region/country; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently. Education

An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or in an area related to human rights. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, political affairs, international relations, law or related area is required. Experience in working on issues of protection of civilians including children, promotion of women’s rights and elimination of violence against women, prohibition of torture/detention monitoring, and transitional justice is required. Experience in designing and delivering Capacity Building activities is required. Experience in human rights monitoring, documentation, and reporting is required. Experience in coordinating and/or supervising a team is desirable. Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) or similar international organization or non-governmental organization in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable. Knowledge of the UNAMA Human Rights Mandate, its operational goals and working methodology will be considered an asset. Previous experience in Afghanistan is an advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in both oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Dari and Pashto would be an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

•This position is temporarily available until 30/06/2020. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

•While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. •Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station. •This temporary job opening may be limited to "internal candidates," who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15. •Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation. • Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the Career Development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service. United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of International Human Rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date. No Fee


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